St Michael's Church, Clapton-in-Gordano, Somerset

Address: Clevedon Lane, Clapton-in-Gordano, Bristol, Somerset, BS20 7RH
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Open Sundays 10.30am to 5.00pm from June to September. At other times collect/return key from Black Horse Inn in the village.
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High on a hill with far-reaching views

Standing high above the Medieval Court to the west of the village, the church overlooks the distant industrial sprawl of Portishead.

The 12th-century tympanum is the oldest visible part, with good carved stonework throughout.

Highlights are:

  • a 13th century screen, reredos and benches;
  • a curious 14th century font;
  • a grand late 1692 century monument showing the kneeling figures of Edmund Wynter and his wife.

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Road directions

12 miles north east of Weston-super-Mare and 2 miles south of Portishead, off M5 Junction 19

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Nailsea & Backwell (2.9 miles)

OS Reference No.

ST 468 736

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.







PDF iconSomerset County Guide (PDF, 4.75mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Somerset. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. S C Smith (24 Jun 2012, 18:39)

    Finding this church was an unexpected jewel. The interior has some beautiful and original features. If you can, make this a 'must' on your next day out.

  2. Alan Grove (19 Aug 2012, 11:04)

    You definitely need an Ordinance Survey map or SatNav but well worth the effort. Credit to the local supporters who have added notes of interest and give the church a warm and welcoming feel. It is open weekends until Sept. otherwise the key is at the nearby pub which is a listed building and very atmospheric as well as serving good beer.

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St Michael's Church, Clapton-in-Gordano, Somerset

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

Tarmac path, with two steps.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.